Rounds 4 - 7

With a night to think about who the Steelers should select with their remaining picks in rounds 4 - 7 of the 2010 NFL draft, I have been looking at all the prospective athletes that are still available and thought I would put some thoughts down on potential picks.  I view these rounds as based upon drafting solely for need rather than best player available because at some point, the line between talent and need must become too blurry, so I set the line at the 4th round   First, we need to decide what positions should be addressed with our remaining picks.  As you all know, we've added our future OC, improved depth at OLB, and took a WR in round 3.  So, what remains as a need position?  I know many of you have been calling for a CB or S to improve the play of our secondary.  However, I agree with those that have posted that we should give Burnette and Lewis a chance to really understand our defensive system before using picks to replace them.  Moreover, if it took Troy P a year to learn it, it only seems fair to give those kids a little more time.  I know, that is difficult in the face of getting lit up by someone like B. Gradkowski, but I have always been told patience is a virtue.  I would love to see some depth and/or competition added at the S position.  I realize we signed Will Allen for just that reason, but I am not convinced Mundy is the long-term solution.  Also, I am extremely worried about the level of abuse Troy takes from the manner in which he throws his body around.  So, I am really hoping we grab a S in the 4th round.  We also need depth and/or a future starter at the NT spot as Team H & H are getting long in the tooth.  Finally, I would also love a replacement for Spaeth at TE.   I love Heath, but I would also like to see us draft a guy that is really a OT living in a TE's body that mauls people in the run game.  In an effort to expedite the conversation, here are the remaining players that various websites think might be worth drafting at each position.  


  1. Tony Pike - Cincinnati 
  2. Dan LeFevour - Central Michigan
  3. Jarrett Brown - West Virginia
  4. Jevan Snead - Mississippi
  5. Jonathan Crompton - Tennessee 
  6. John Skelton - Fordham
  7. Zac Robinson - Oklahoma State
  8. Levi Brown - Troy
  9. Sean Canfield - Oregon State 
  10. Mike Kafka - Northwestern
  11. Ryan Perrilloux - Jacksonville State


  1. Jonathan Dwyer - Georgia Tech
  2. Joe McKnight - USC
  3. LeGarrette Blount - Oregon
  4. Anthony Dixon - Mississippi State
  5. LaMarcus Coker -  Hampton 
  6. James Starks - Buffalo 
  7. Lonyae Miller - Fresno State
  8. Charles Scott - LSU 
  9. Joique Bell - Wayne State 
  10. Michael Smith - Arkansas 
  11. Andre Dixon - Connecticut 
  12. Chris Brown - Oklahoma 
  13. Deji Karim - Southern Illinois
  14. Andre Anderson - Tulane 
  15. Keith Toston - Oklahoma State


  1. Rashawn Jackson - Virginia
  2. John Conner - Kentucky
  3. Manase Tonga - BYU
  4. Dennis Morris - Louisiana Tech


  1. Carlton Mitchell - South Florida 
  2. Jacoby Ford - Clemson 
  3. Mardy Gilyard - Cincinnati 
  4. Blair White - Michigan State
  5. Riley Cooper - Florida 
  6. Dezmon Briscoe - Kansas
  7. Freddie Barnes - Bowling Green
  8. Danario Alexander - Missouri 
  9. Joe Webb - UAB
  10. Mike Williams - Syracuse
  11. Jeremy Williams - Tulane 
  12. Chris Bell - Norfolk State 
  13. Marcus Easley - Connecticut 
  14. Antonio Brown - Central Michigan 
  15. Shay Hodge - Mississippi 
  16. David Gettis - Baylor
  17. David Reed - Utah
  18. Seyi Ajirotutu - Fresno State
  19. Chris Carter - UC-Davis
  20. Chris McGaha - Arizona State 
  21. Kyle Williams - Arizona State
  22. Kerry Meier - Kansas  
  23. Alric Arnett - West Virginia 


  1. Aaron Hernandez - Florida 
  2. Dorin Dickerson - Pittsburgh
  3. Anthony McCoy - USC
  4. Dennis Pitta - Brigham Young 
  5. Clay Harbor - Missouri State 
  6. Garrett Graham - Wisconsin
  7. Fendi Onobun - Houston
  8. Andrew Quarless - Penn State 
  9. Michael Hoomanawanui - Illinois
  10. Cody Slate - Marshall 
  11. Nate Byham - Pittsburgh
  12. Jameson Konz - Kent State
  13. Colin Peek - Alabama 
  14. Richard Dickson - LSU
  15. Mickey Shuler - Penn State
  16. Michael Overbay - Eastern Washington 
  17. Dedrick Epps - Miami Fl.


  1. Bruce Campbell  - Maryland
  2. Tony Washington - Abilene Christian
  3. Ed Wang - Virginia Tech 
  4. Selvish Capers - West Virginia
  5. Kyle Calloway - Iowa
  6. Sam Young - Notre Dame
  7. Jason Fox - Miami (FL)
  8. Ciron Black - LSU
  9. Kevin Haslam - Rutgers
  10. Derek Hardman - Eastern Kentucky 
  11. Thomas Welch - Vanderbilt
  12. Drew Davis - Alabama
  13. Chris Marinelli - Stanford 
  14. Will Barker - Virginia 
  15. Dennis Landolt - Penn State
  16. J'Marcus Webb - West Texas A&M
  17. Adam Ulatoski - Texas 


  1. Mitch Petrus - Arkansas
  2. Marshall Newhouse - TCU 
  3. Brandon Carter - Texas Tech
  4. Chris Scott - Tennessee  
  5. Reggie Stephens - Iowa State
  6. Shelly Smith - Colorado State
  7. Chris DeGeare - Wake Forest
  8. Sergio Render - Virginia Tech
  9. Brian Simmons - Oklahoma 


  1. Matt Tennant - Boston College
  2. Eric Olsen - Notre Dame
  3. Ted Larsen - North Carolina State
  4. John Estes - Hawaii 
  5. Jeff Byers - USC
  6. Joe Hawley - UNLV


  1. Geno Atkins - Georgia 
  2. Cam Thomas - North Carolina
  3. Al Woods - LSU
  4. Vince Oghobaase - Duke
  5. Nate Collins - Virginia 
  6. Callahan Bright - Shaw
  7. Brandon Deaderick - Alabama 
  8. Travis Ivey - Maryland
  9. Malcolm Sheppard - Arkansas
  10. Lorenzo Alexander - Alabama


  1. Everson Griffen - USC
  2. Corey Wootton - Northwestern 
  3. Austen Lane - Murray State
  4. Brandon Lang - Troy 
  5. Greg Hardy - Mississippi 
  6. C.J. Wilson - East Carolina
  7. Lindsey Witten - Connecticut
  8. Kevin Basped - Nevada
  9. George Johnson - Rutgers
  10. Clifton Geathers - South Carolina
  11. Willie Young - North Carolina State
  12. Hall Davis - Louisiana-Lafayette 
  13. Jeffrey Fitzgerald - Kansas State 
  14. George Selvie - South Florida
  15. E.J. Wilson - North Carolina
  16. Danny Batten - South Dakota State 
  17. James Ruffin - Northern Iowa
  18. Antonio Coleman - Auburn
  19. Doug Worthington - Ohio State
  20. Jammie Kerlew - Indiana


  1. Jamar Chaney - Mississippi State
  2. Phillip Dillard - Nebraska
  3. Arthur Moats - James Madison
  4. Travis Goethel - Arizona State
  5. Micah Johnson - Kentucky  
  6. Darryl Sharpton - Miami FL
  7. Kion Wilson - South Florida
  8. Mike McLaughlin - Boston College 
  9. Josh Hull - Penn State 
  10. Boris Lee - Troy


  1. Ricky Sapp - Clemson 
  2. Eric Norwood - South Carolina 
  3. Thaddeus Gibson - Ohio State 
  4. AJ Edds -Iowa  
  5. Kavell Conner - Clemson
  6. Simoni Lawrence - Minnesota 
  7. Junior Gallette - Stillman 
  8. Dexter Davis - Arizona State 
  9. Adrian Tracy - William and Mary
  10. Keaton Kristick - Oregon State
  11. Stevenson Sylvester - Utah


  1. Reshad Jones - Georgia
  2. Darrell Stuckey - Kansas 
  3. Kam Chancellor - Virginia Tech
  4. Larry Asante - Nebraska 
  5. Myron Rolle - Oxford
  6. Kurt Coleman - Ohio State 
  7. Robert Johnson - Utah 
  8. Harry Coleman - LSU
  9. Jeromy Miles - Massachusetts
  10. Darian Stewart - South Carolina
  11. Terrell Skinner - Maryland 
  12. Nick Polk - Indiana 
  13. Barry Church - Toledo  
  14. Cody Grimm - Virginia Tech


  1. Donovan Warren - Michigan
  2. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah - Indiana (PA)
  3. Dominique Franks - Oklahoma 
  4. Perrish Cox - Oklahoma State
  5. Walter McFadden - Auburn
  6. Alterraun Verner - UCLA 
  7. Trevard Lindley - Kentucky
  8. Joshua Moore - Kansas State
  9. A.J. Jefferson - Fresno State
  10. Syd'Quan Thompson - California 
  11. Brian Jackson - Oklahoma  
  12. Nolan Carroll - Maryland 
  13. David Pender - Purdue
  14. Jamar Wall - Texas Tech
  15. Devin Ross - Arizona 
  16. Sam Shields - Miami Fl
  17. Chris Hawkins - LSU
  18. Crezdon Butler - Clemson
  19. Stephan Virgil - Virginia Tech

Some caveats:   1) The foregoing rankings are taken from ESPN, NFL Draft Blitz, and NFL Draft Scout and sort of mashed together based on a combination of what the sites are posting and what I think; 2) the rankings are based on the remaining players, rather than an overall rank; 3) if there are any errors or omissions, they are my fault; and 4) if you know of a player that was omitted and should have been added, please let me know.  

As noted above, from my perspective, we desperately need depth at Safety and Nose Tackle and could improve at back-up Tight End, back-up Tackle (I think the window is rapidly closing on Hills and Essex and Foster, Urbik, and Legursky appear to be back-ups for now) and maybe we think about a potential replacement/depth for Farrior if he calls it quits after this season.  Consequently, I would like our remaining picks to look something like this: 

4th:  Safety (Jones, Chancellor, or Asante) 

5th:  Nose Tackle: (Cam Thomas) [note - I would like to see us package some of our picks and move up to the 4th because I think Thomas is gone by the 5th]

5th:  Offensive Tackle: (Ed Wang)  

5th: Inside linebacker:  (Chaney, Hull, or Sharton (Sharton is a little small, but fast and would be solid in pass coverage))

5th:  Tight End:  (Michael Hoomanawanui -  he is 6;5, 275 and look like a small OT!)

6th:  Full Back: (Dennis Morris - 6'2, 245. 463 in the 40 an I hope he is nothing more than a tank that we use to clear running lanes for Mendenhall, Redman, Summers or whatever RB is toting the rock for us.  I miss Kreider.  

From a Free Agent perspective, I'd love to see us sign WR Kelton Tindal - Newberry.  His numbers are  6'1, 197  with a 4.28 in the 40.  He is supposed to be a poor man's Mike Wallace.  If we could get him on our practice squad and coach him up, he might be a great complement to Wallace down the road.  Just a thought.  Anyone have any sleepers they would like to see signed as a free agent?

Hope every one enjoys the last 4 rounds of this year's draft.

Go Steelers!

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